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Meaning & Definition of Dependent in English

English

Dependent

/dɪpɛndənt/

noun

1. A person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)

    synonym:
  • dependant
  • ,
  • dependent

adjective

1. Relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed

  • "Dependent children"
  • "Dependent on moisture"
    synonym:
  • dependent

2. Contingent on something else

    synonym:
  • dependent
  • ,
  • dependant
  • ,
  • qualified

3. (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence

  • "A subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
    synonym:
  • dependent
  • ,
  • subordinate

4. Held from above

  • "A pendant bunch of grapes"
    synonym:
  • pendent
  • ,
  • pendant
  • ,
  • dependent

5. Being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

  • "Subject peoples"
  • "A dependent prince"
    synonym:
  • subject
  • ,
  • dependent

6. Addicted to a drug

    synonym:
  • dependent
  • ,
  • dependant
  • ,
  • drug-addicted
  • ,
  • hooked
  • ,
  • strung-out

Examples of using

She's dependent on her husband.
He taught his students how we were all dependent on each other.
Don't be too dependent on others.